The Artist and the King (Hardcover)

By Julie Fortenberry

Alazar Press, 9780979300035, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

List Price: 16.95*
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Winner of:
Bronze Award, Best Children's Illustrated Book, 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards

When a bad-tempered king punishes Daphne, a young artist, he soon realizes that he has met his match. For Daphne turns her punishment, a dunce cap, into a fashionable and regal hat and now every villager wants to wear one. Daphne’s caring, creative spirit may just be what the kingdom and the king has needed.

About the Author

Julie Fortenberry is an artist who has illustrated several children’s picture books, including Pirate Boy. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina

Praise For The Artist and the King

“An endearing protagonist who puts the very ‘spunk’ in ‘spunky.’ Julie’s vivid artwork pops off the page.”  —Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews

“Children will look to find themselves in the crowd of people and will be able to do so.”  —Henrietta Mays Smith, Ph.D., University of SouthFlorida, 2011 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

“In this charming fairy tale, a spirited girl brings new life and joy to her kingdom.”  —Pauletta Brown Bracy, Ph.D., NC Central University

“Colorful, whimsical illustrations invite younger listeners into the story of a young courageous artist who defies her king. Themes of the critical importance of art and meaningful relationships add allegorical layers that deepen the story for all readers.”  —Susie Wilde, teacher, writer, children's book specialist